It’s not too late to keep up with your New Year’s resolution to improve your photography skills. The Chinese New Year has just begun, so celebrate the Year of the Snake by sharpening your photographic skills. Here is a list of workshops offered by the Julia Dean Photo Workshops for early February.
Discovering the Artist Within with Rose Eichenbaum. Tuesdays, Feb 12-March 13.
What makes your photographs distinctly yours? How do you express ideas, emotions and artistry through your images? How do you bring greater depth and soul to your photos?
Whether one’s interest is in portraiture, landscapes, or urban street shooting, working professionally or simply for one’s own personal enjoyment, this course is a powerhouse of knowledge and insight to further develop one’s photo eye, inherent style and affective use of composition, lighting, perspective and exposure to produce more compelling and meaningful photographs.
Join author and award-winning photographer Rose Eichenbaum as she guides students toward a more artful approach to image making. Rose imparts practical photographic knowledge with lessons learned from her personal investigation of creativity and the relationship between artistic expression and the human spirit as revealed in her published books and through her years as a freelance photojournalist. Sessions include visual presentations and discussions, exercises intended to nurture creativity, challenging shooting assignments, guided photo critiques and one-on-one mentoring sessions a well as developing strategic plans for future work based on student’s individual interests.
Students will emerge with a better understanding of photography as an expressive medium and the ability to shoot with greater confidence, skill and intention. Digital SLR cameras are preferred for all assignments. Please bring digital or hardcopy portfolios to the first class meeting.
Intro to Studio Lighting with Craig Mohr. Wednesdays, Feb 13-Mar 20.
Mastering the tools of lighting is the key to mastering studio photography. In this six-week workshop, students will gain a solid foundation of studio lighting and practical knowledge of light. Working hands-on with the equipment, participants will learn how to select the proper light source for their subjects whether shooting portraits, still life or product.
The class will start out with basic lighting setups and move into more detail with studio strobes, reflectors, fill flash, soft boxes, umbrellas, scrims, grids, snoots, flags, gobos and the use of light meters for better exposure. Students will learn about the quality, color and contrast of light to enhance their subject, and create dimension and depth. Each class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on time for each student to shoot using the equipment. Exercises will include photographing models, still life and product in order to develop a well-rounded knowledge of using studio strobes for various purposes. Students will leave the workshop with a practical and confident understanding of studio lighting and how to control it. Students should have a digital or film SLR camera capable of manual exposure settings and a hot shoe or sync connection.
Basic Photo I with Rebecca Truszkowski. Mondays, Feb 18-Apr 1.
In this beginning six-week workshop, students will learn all the controls and functions on their digital or film Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras, basic camera operation (including f-stop, shutter speed and ISO), fundamental concepts of photography, and how to control the photograph's final look. Discussions include composition and light, how to get the background in or out of focus, how to stop or blur motion, why to use one ISO over another, when to use a tripod, and how to use the camera’s light meter to provide the best exposure.
Other topics covered include using the appropriate lens for a desired effect (the difference between a prime lens and a zoom lens), how to hold the focus on a subject if changing camera positions (exploring auto focus modes and manual focus), and how to properly hold the camera.
Digital camera technology will be covered thoroughly, such as how to adjust the camera’s white balance, how to view and delete images, the difference between shooting RAW and JPEG, choosing the appropriate memory card, and how to transfer the image from the camera to a computer. The goal is to provide each participant with the technical information needed to operate his or her digital or film SLR camera properly and with the confidence and ability to shoot consistently in manual mode. Students will work in both black-and-white and color while learning how to “see” in the chosen mode. Weekly assignments will be given followed by critiques during the next class session. Open to students who own a digital or film SLR camera. Digital users are encouraged to continue their studies by enrolling in Basic Photography 2: Diving into Digital.
Intro to Location Lighting with Jock McDonald. One Week, Feb 18-Feb 22.
Mastering the skill of lighting on location takes planning in addition to technical savvy. Photographers must be capable of scouting an appropriate location, assessing how time of day will affect the outcome, and determining what quality of light will best facilitate the mood of the picture. Will it be a blend of ambient and artificial light, or does the strobe dominate? Do we use direct or indirect light, hard or diffuse? How do we adapt to organic changes in the physical environment? This workshop is designed to help answer these questions.
The class begins with a little tech talk on basic physics of light, practical understanding that directly applies to photography and be will put to use throughout the workshop. We will move on to discussing and working with subtleties of natural light and then the integration of artificial light. Students will discover how equipment choice can affect the mood of an image by experimenting with various light sources and modifiers such as bounces, diffusion material, umbrellas, soft boxes and grids. Basic as well as more complex lighting setups will be demonstrated and discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon utilizing the surrounding environment to the photographer’s advantage. The goal is to provide each student with basic knowledge for seeing and working with light on location and the confidence to use natural and artificial light in various conditions.
The workshop will include at least four shooting sessions working with models. Students should have a digital or flim SLR camera capable of manual exposure settings and a hot shoe or sync connection.
Street Shooting with Julia Dean. Six Months, February 18-July 1
This six-month class is intended to teach students how to shoot candidly on the street, not only from practical experience, but also from studying historic and contemporary street photographers. We will meet twice a month, once for a lecture and critique on Monday nights from 7-10 pm, followed by a street shooting sessions on Saturdays.
Topics covered in class include: how to see light, how to find great backgrounds, the laws and ethics of shooting on the street, how to shoot candidly, how to capture the “decisive moment,” how to anticipate the future, when to or when not talk to someone, how to approach people, how to shoot from the hip, equipment choices, lens selection, the difference between seeing in black and white and seeing color, back & white conversion, how to tell a story with a single image and how to be brave but not brazen. At the end of the six-month class, JDPW will host a slideshow party to show off the street shooting work.
The Julia Dean Photo Workshops
755 Seward St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
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